Monday 22 September 2014

Things really beginning to add up in Ballybunion

Dnal Nolan

Published 21/08/2013 | 05:36

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Ballybunion student Colleen Kennelly was mighty relieved on collecting her Leaving Cert results at St Joseph's Secondary School to find she had done way better than expected - even in Maths!

STUDENTS at St Joseph's Secondary School in Ballybunion were over the moon with their performance in the Leaving Cert.

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For the second year in a row, not a single student failed Maths at the school. And one student in particular as well as achieved the perfect exam.

Aisling Flynn reaped one of the highest Leaving Cert marks in the county at St Joseph's Secondary School in Ballybunion, with 585 points. The Tarbert woman is now hoping for medicine or veterinary.

She was joined in her success at the school by so many others, including Róisín Cummins, Jennifer Brosnan, Aoife Ferriter, Sinéad Breen and Colleen Kennelly (pictured, inset). The five were clearly buzzing, on the right side of the testing rite of passage.

All did fantastic according to Principal John O'Donovan with more than enough points to spare for their preferred courses. Róisín has her heart set on German and History in UCC; Jennifer on Business in UL; Aoife on Commerce and German in UCC; Sinéad on English and Maths in UCC and Colleen in Arts also in either Cork or Waterford.

"It went brilliant, I'm delighted with it," Jennifer said. Aoife was similarly thrilled: "I'm very happy with how it all went, I should have lots of points to spare for the course I hope."

And make no mistake, the Leaving Cert is tough, as the girls attested.

"Those two weeks in June were the hardest of my life," Sinéad said. "And the good weather at the time only made it worse, you could just hear the beach calling!" she laughed.

Nerves were felt on Tuesday night. "I was so nervous last night, but at that stage there's nothing you can do," Aoife wisely said.

Principal John O'Donovan was delighted with the performance of his students. "One of the big concerns every year is with maths as there's a 10 per cent failure rate nationally. We really addressed this in recent years with special maths tuition by our teachers after hours and more emphasis on the subject in general.

"Thankfully, it appears to be working as everyone has passed maths at St Joseph's for two years in a row," John said.


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